Astros land Gerrit Cole in trade with Pirates

Carrie Guzman
January 10, 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly trading pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. While there's nothing official on the return, big-time pitching prospect Forrest Whitley is expected to be left out of the deal. With a star-studded outfield that features George Springer and Josh Reddick, the Astros are dealing from a surplus of talent.

Cole finished 12-12 in 2017 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts. But this is a clear suggestion that the Pirates are in rebuild mode. In addition, Cole has allowed 749 hits and 327 runs allowed. Cole held a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016. This is one analytically-minded organization that works quickly with cold, calculated precision.

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Acquiring Cole would bolster the Astros' already stellar starting rotation, as Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton all are under contract for the defending World Series champions in 2018. As for the Pirates, a full rebuild could soon follow with stars Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison up next on the trade block.

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